Fresh BA talks may help travel insurance customers

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

Fresh talks between British Airways (BA) and the union Unite may result in less disruption to travel insurance customers if the strike action finishes early.

Today (June 1st), the joint leader of Unite, Tony Woodley, will be travelling to London to attend a meeting with BA and the conciliation service Acas.

At the beginning of this week, Mr Woodley warned that BA cabin crew could conduct strike ballots for further walkouts in July, which would cause even more inconvenience to travel insurance policyholders.

Cabin crew members are expected to continue their current strike action until June 9th. Their third scheduled five-day walkout is due to begin on June 5th.

Last week, insiders at Unite told the Daily Telegraph that if BA chief executive Willie Walsh were to resign then the strike action would be likely to stop.

Duncan Holley, branch secretary of BA Stewards and Stewardesses Association, which represents the cabin crew of the airline, told the news provider: "Without Walsh a deal would be much easier to pick up because of the trust involved."

Posted by Noel Martin

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